You are cordially invited to join Pittsburgh Social Exchange at the prestigious and historic Twentieth Century Club for Backstage Pass to the Opera Theater, a unique business networking event with an insider view that few will ever see. Don't miss this exclusive opportunity!
SummerFest celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of composer/conductor Richard Strauss!
Richard Georg Strauss (11 June 1864 – 8 September 1949) was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is known for his operas, which include Der Rosenkavalier and Salome; his lieder, especially his Four Last Songs; and his tone poems Death and Transfiguration, Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Also sprach Zarathustra, An Alpine Symphony, and other orchestral works, such as Metamorphosen. Strauss was also a prominent conductor throughout Germany and Austria.
An exciting new international cultural enterprise launched in Verviers, Belgium in December 2013. For many years an internationally-recognized competition for identifying and rewarding young talent (once such winner was soprano Renée Fleming), the competition ceased in 2007. However, SummerFest Europe has revived the tradition, holding its first international singing competition at the Conservatoire de Verviers, Belgium, on 19-20 December 2013.
Pittsburgh native Marianne Cornetti is recognized internationally as one of the leading Verdi mezzo-sopranos in the world. She has appeared as Amneris in Aida, Azucena in Il Trovatore, and Eboli in Don Carlos at theatres including the Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Theatre Royale de la Monnaie, Brussels, Teatro Comunale in Florence, the Arena di Verona, Gran Teatro del Liceo, Barcelona, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, and many others.
Presented by Opera Theater SummerFest and The Gailliot Family Foundation.
The third annual Mildred Miller International Voice Competition was held on November 2–3, 2013 in Pittsburgh, in a search for America's best singers. Young professionals aged 18–35 were eligible to compete for cash prizes and solo roles in SummerFest 2014. Winners from previous years, including Andrey Nemzer, Juan José de León, and Shannon Kessler Dooley, are appearing this season in roles with the Metropolitan Opera.
Guests immersed themselves in the luxurious atmosphere of the Art Deco era with Opera Theater's A Deco Affair on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Oakland's Twentieth Century Club, home to some of the most beautiful interior spaces in the city, provided the glamorous and elegant surroundings for cocktails, dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions, and, of course, gems from the operatic repertoire.
Join us for the third SummerFest season during three weeks in July 2014! From July 11–27, you'll enjoy thrilling new productions, recitals, a first look at our newly commissioned opera on the life of Rachel Carson, dining, and cabaret, all at the lovely Twentieth Century Club in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh. With its close proximity to parking, dining, cultural organizations, and public transportation, The Twentieth Century Club is a convenient location with dazzling Art Deco interiors.
Opera Theater joins forces with the Pittsburgh School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) to present Henry Purcell's masque (or "semi-opera"), The Fairy Queen, which contains some of the composer's most exquisite theater music. The work was first performed in 1692, three years before Purcell's death at the age of 35. Following his death, the score was lost and only rediscovered early in the twentieth century.